Alumnus Gary Sherrer to present Hayes Lecture

October 8, 2013

Former Kansas Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer returns to his alma mater to deliver the third annual
Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.

Sherrer, an alumnus of Emporia State University, Blue Key Leadership Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity, will present “Lessons Learned” at 7 p.m. Thursday in Webb Hall. The public is invited to attend the free lecture.

Emporia State students attending the lecture are eligible to apply for one of five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded next spring. The inaugural Hayes Lecture speaker, Doug Smith and his wife, Nan, of Leawood, Kan., provided funds to create the scholarships.

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must attend the lecture and complete a scholarship application, which includes a series of essay questions. The deadline for the submissions is midnight Friday and recipients will be selected by the Blue Key Leadership Honor Society.

Sherrer earned a bachelor of science in education degree in speech and social sciences in 1963. He served as Kansas lieutenant governor from 1996 to 2002 in the Gov. Bill Graves administration. Graves also appointed Sherrer secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing.

A former member of the Emporia State University Foundation board of trustees, Sherrer also served on the Kansas Board of Regents including a term as chairman.

Dr. Sam Hayes (BS 1962) of Mission Hills, Kan., and his wife, Jeannene, established the lecture series as a way to engage Emporia State’s alumni in highlighting their successes. Individuals whose leadership qualities, skills and accomplishments have led to distinction are featured in each annual lecture.

Sam Hayes served as chair of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2003. 

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